It was a long and predominantly football-less weekend, so I was unable to get my game picks up in time for yesterday's games. Too bad, as I've gotten 12 out of 15 right so far.
In the interest of quickly catching up on Miami Dolphins news a bit, here are some of the news items floating around the internet over the weekend and the following Monday:
- Offensive lineman Cory Procter was indeed placed on season-ending injured reserve Friday, just a day after suffering a torn ACL in a 16-0 loss to the Chicago Bears. Procter was filling in for starting center Joe Berger, who is still out with a knee injury. Richie Incognito filled in for Procter against the Bears and struggled with his snaps. Procter is making $630,000 this season and is slated to be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, so he is no lock to return to the Dolphins.
- With Jake Long (torn labrum) struggling against the Bears and the Dolphins contemplating shutting him down for the season, the Dolphins worked out free-agent offensive tackles Levi Jones and Tony Ugoh. The 10th overall pick in 2002 out of Arizona State, Jones started 89 games for the Bengals over seven seasons. He was released in May 2009 and later signed by the Redskins, starting eight games for the team that season. Ugoh was drafted by the Colts in the second round in 2007 out of Arkansas and started 27 of 37 games played over three seasons. He was moved to guard late in his stint with the Colts and was released on Sept. 8.
- Defensive end Phillip Merling, currently on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list with a torn Achilles' tendon, returned to practice for the first time Monday. The Dolphins have eight days to decide whether to add him to the active roster or leave him on the NFI list for the remainder of the 2010 season.
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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.